British Columbia Immigration Conducts New Tech Pilot Draw

British Columbia immigration held a new draw focusing on the Twenty-Nine (29) target occupations through the BC PNP Tech Pilot.

The August 27 draw saw sixty-three (63) invitations sent out across four British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program categories.

Minimum scores were 90 for all of the featured categories:

  • SI – Skilled Worker stream
  • SI – International Graduate stream
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker stream
  • EEBC – International Graduate stream

A detailed breakdown of the requirements for these streams are listed below in this article.

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Breakdown of the August 27 B.C. Immigration Draw



Minimum Score

Invitations sent out 


SI – Skilled Worker


Total: 63


SI – International Graduate



EEBC – Skilled Worker



EEBC – International Graduate


In the previous BC immigration draw minimum scores reduced for all five (5) featured streams, as the province invited 527 applicants to apply.

Individuals invited through the direct provincial skilled worker stream required Ninety-five (95) points to be eligible, while Express Entry skilled workers needed 100 points.

A minimum score of 100 was also alloted for the direct provincial international graduate streams, with the Express Entry streams for international graduates recording a minimum score of 102 points.

Entry-level and semi-skilled workers needed Seventy- seven (77) points to qualify.

Breakdown of the August 20 B.C. Immigration Draw



Minimum Score

Invitations sent out


SI – Skilled Worker stream


Total: 527


SI – International Graduate stream



SI – Entry Level & Semi-Skilled



EEBC – Skilled Worker stream



EEBC – International Graduate stream 



The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been brought forward into 2020 after its first launch in 2017. It currently has a list of twenty-nine (29) target occupations with relaxed duration requirements.

BC PNP draws is targeted specifically at tech workers started in May 2017. The province has a flourishing technology sector with some big names of the tech world basing themselves in British Columbia province.

What Are The BC PNP Tech Pilot Job Requirements?

  • The job offer must be for one of the twenty-nine (29) targeted occupations
  • The job offer must be up-to one-year duration
  • The job offer must be valid for a minimum of 120 days at the time of application.

BC PNP Tech Pilot Application Procedure

The BC Tech Pilot is connected with BC’s Skills Immigration programs. The programs best suited for the Tech Pilot are the BC International Graduate programs and BC skilled workers program. In order to file for the BC Tech Pilot, a foreign national should confirm that they met the National Occupation Classification (NOC) code criteria for one of the twenty-nine (29) in-demand occupations. If this requirement is fulfilled, the person may start the application process by creating a profile with BC PNP Online.

Once the profile is created, the candidate can follow the application procedure for the BC Skills Immigration program for which they qualify. BC Tech Pilot candidates gets a number of advantages when going through the provincial nomination process. First, additional rounds of invitations to apply are sent out every week for Tech Pilot applicants. Second, applicants will have their PNP application processed at a speedy rate. Finally, employers are able to take advantage of the Tech Pilot “concierge services” to help with the employments of foreign nationals through this program.